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clover search

There are quite a few clovers on this page, can you find all of them? Try cmd-f / ctrl-f "clover" your browser can probably see some that you can't. You might even find some "four-leaf clovers".

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The act of picking a four-leaf clover once it has been found is an, often unquestioned, end to many people's approach to searching. I believe that this violent act is both inappropriate and unnecessary. The urge to pick a four-leaf clover can be traced to two related causes; the belief in the power of the four-leaf clover to bestow luck combined with a desire to have a physical token to represent the effort put forth in searching.For me, the luck in finding a four-leaf clover is contained within the act of finding itself. You are lucky because you are able to take time out of your day to leisurely sift through clovers. You are lucky to be able to set aside your worries and focus your mind on something simple and relaxing. If you find a four-leaf clover when you are not actively looking for it (many people consider accidentally found four-leaf clovers to be the luckiest of all) the luck is still not a product of the clover itself which has always been there, you create your own luck by choosing to cross paths with it and by being aware enough of your surroundings to notice it.The desire to have physical reminder of our efforts and accomplishments is a powerful human impulse. Often we keep tokens is to help ourselves remember, we use an object as a shortcut to represent the memory of a whole event. As these tokens build up, however, they each become less evocative until we are often left with a multitude of trinkets which, because they only directly represented a small part of a larger memory, have little or no meaning left in them. One might be able to look at one pressed clover and fondly recall the events that surrounded finding it, but dozens of clovers do not offer the same result, vivid memory of dozens of events, instead you are left with a mere collection removed from any sentimental value. I find that keeping a record of the physical location where the clover was found, and the memory formed, is a much more powerful tool for remembering as it allows you to return your body as well as your mind to what you are trying to recall. Because a collection of picked clovers serves no sentimental value they are instead kept as a record of achievement. Without a record of our accomplishments we fear that all of our efforts will have been in vain. Picking clovers, however, is a very poor way of preserving the accomplishment of finding it permanently. Once removed from the nurturing safety of the earth clovers decay rapidly, even when pressed they will disintegrate and fade. A digital photo can potentially last indefinitely.In the end it is a question of the respect you hold for the earth. If you are amazed by the wonder that the earth creates you should express it through reverence and not self-interest.Please, do not pick four-leaf clovers.The act of picking a four-leaf clover once it has been found is an, often unquestioned, end to many people's approach to searching. I believe that this violent act is both inappropriate and unnecessary. The urge to pick a four-leaf clover can be traced to two related causes; the belief in the power of the four-leaf clover to bestow luck combined with a desire to have a physical token to represent the effort put forth in searching.For me, the luck in finding a four-leaf clover is contained within the act of finding itself. You are lucky because you are able to take time out of your day to leisurely sift through clovers. You are lucky to be able to set aside your worries and focus your mind on something simple and relaxing. If you find a four-leaf clover when you are not actively looking for it (many people consider accidentally found four-leaf clovers to be the luckiest of all) the luck is still not a product of the clover itself which has always been there, you create your own luck by choosing to cross paths with it and by being aware enough of your surroundings to notice it.The desire to have physical reminder of our efforts and accomplishments is a powerful human impulse. Often we keep tokens is to help ourselves remember, we use an object as a shortcut to represent the memory of a whole event. As these tokens build up, however, they each become less evocative until we are often left with a multitude of trinkets which, because they only directly represented a small part of a larger memory, have little or no meaning left in them. One might be able to look at one pressed clover and fondly recall the events that surrounded finding it, but dozens of clovers do not offer the same result, vivid memory of dozens of events, instead you are left with a mere collection removed from any sentimental value. I find that keeping a record of the physical location where the clover was found, and the memory formed, is a much more powerful tool for remembering as it allows you to return your body as well as your mind to what you are trying to recall. Because a collection of picked clovers serves no sentimental value they are instead kept as a record of achievement. Without a record of our accomplishments we fear that all of our efforts will have been in vain. Picking clovers, however, is a very poor way of preserving the accomplishment of finding it permanently. Once removed from the nurturing safety of the earth clovers decay rapidly, even when pressed they will disintegrate and fade. A digital photo can potentially last indefinitely.In the end it is a question of the respect you hold for the earth. If you are amazed by the wonder that the earth creates you should express it through reverence and not self-interest.Please, do not pick four-leaf clovers.

cloverpatchwork is an effort to document my experiences searching for four-leaf clovers. My goal is to inspire others to search for clovers and empower people with knowledge to facilitate those searches.clover: Clovers are noble plants. They are downtrodden, sometimes even deliberately destroyed, but they remain unrelentingly resilient and opportunistic. They are ubiquitous, but often forgotten and ignored.It is only when one pauses, lowers to the ground, and addresses the clover directly that it becomes apparent that each plant, is unique and has its own story to tell.patch: Clovers do not grow like cities and streets, they do not run in parallel from North to South and East to West. Instead, they spread outward as an interconnected web or to wherever the wind will carry their seeds. Because clovers are so unlike cities and street, it would be impossible, and inaccurate to map them as such, using systematic, inorganic methods. Instead one must document them as they are; patches sewn into the fabric of all life on earth.work: In presenting these maps, photos, writings, and other documentation the goal is not to present objects to be observed and appreciated alone. Everything presented here is mean to inspire and provide the resources to make it possible for you to experience the wonders that lay hidden within clover patches, the calm of searching, the exhilaration of finding. One learns to see a crowd for each individual, and to then see from amongst that myriad of individuals, the one.It is my singular hope that by documenting and sharing my experiences searching for four-leaf clover that I can convince and inspire you to join me in my continuing search. cloverpatchwork is an effort to document my experiences searching for four-leaf clovers. My goal is to inspire others to search for clovers and empower people with knowledge to facilitate those searches.clover: Clovers are noble plants. They are downtrodden, sometimes even deliberately destroyed, but they remain unrelentingly resilient and opportunistic. They are ubiquitous, but often forgotten and ignored.It is only when one pauses, lowers to the ground, and addresses the clover directly that it becomes apparent that each plant, is unique and has its own story to tell.patch: Clovers do not grow like cities and streets, they do not run in parallel from North to South and East to West. Instead, they spread outward as an interconnected web or to wherever the wind will carry their seeds. Because clovers are so unlike cities and street, it would be impossible, and inaccurate to map them as such, using systematic, inorganic methods. Instead one must document them as they are; patches sewn into the fabric of all life on earth.work: In presenting these maps, photos, writings, and other documentation the goal is not to present objects to be observed and appreciated alone. Everything presented here is mean to inspire and provide the resources to make it possible for you to experience the wonders that lay hidden within clover patches, the calm of searching, the exhilaration of finding. One learns to see a crowd for each individual, and to then see from amongst that myriad of individuals, the one.It is my singular hope that by documenting and sharing my experiences searching for four-leaf clover that I can convince and inspire you to join me in my continuing search.

statistics: Statistically, for every four-leaf clover in a clover patch there are approximately 10,000 three-leaf clovers. This large number can appear daunting to some, but once it is understood it should actually provide encouragement.Clovers are fairly small, usually measuring, at most, an inch from leaf to leaf. Assuming each clover occupies 1 square inch it only take an patch covering 100 square inches, 8'4" X 8'4" to give you 10,000 clovers. When you consider that many clovers will be smaller than 1 square inch, and that they are not uniformly distributed, but often crowd together and overlap, the space required to accommodate 10,000 clovers becomes trivial. Indeed, any clover patch that is large enough for you to lay in with your arms and legs outstretched should be large enough, statistically speaking, to have at least one four-leaf clover in it. It is important, however, to not put too much weight on these statistics, for while they give good general idea of the clover density required to find a four-leaf clover, it gives the false impression of uniform distribution.Four-leaf clovers are rarely alone. Clovers reproduce both through flowering and by sending out stolons. Stolons, often called runners, are roots that grow outward horizontally from the clover and then sprout into a new clover a short distance from the parent clover. These new clovers are genetically identical to their parent and thus are more likely to have four leaves. Additionally, the other clover surrounding a four-leaf clover will also have been exposed to the same environmental conditions, which may cause a somatic mutation leading to the formation of a fourth leaf.looking: Because four-leaf clovers are often found in close vicinity to one another, the most efficient searching technique that I have found consists of two parts. First, do a walking survey of the area. Move slowly, and deliberately, but don't get locked into a small area. Move around, look at the different patches from different angles. During this step it is counter-productive to try to individually assess each clover. Instead look at the patch as a whole and train yourself to notice breaks in the pattern of three leaf clovers. Once you have found a clover this way, or you get tired of walking around, sit (lay, squat, kneel) down and examine the area more closely. Now you can address each clover individually, gently move them to the side to see if anything is hiding under them, separate the leaves of clovers which are intertwined.For me, this method of searching is desirable not only because it is effective in finding many clovers, but also because of the complimentary types of reflection it provides. The way the Zen process of looking without looking, searching for the individual while surveying the whole, compliments the intimate meditation on each individual clover.impostors: It can be frustrating when a clover conspires with his friend to play a cruel joke on you by arranging their leaves together to give the impression of a four leaf clover, until you push them apart, your hopes dashed, cursing yourself for having been fooled by plants. But take heart in knowing that although you did not find a four leaf clover, your attraction to this impostor still represents a honing of your ability to pick out group of four amongst a sea of threes.